1. Will Putin Soon Follow Caligula and Name His Horse to the Duma? One Russian commentator struck by the fact that the only qualification anyone appears to need for Vladimir Putin to appoint him or her to an important position is his friendship suggests that the Kremlin leader may soon name his cook or masseuse to a major job. Such a trend is likely to lead to the further evolution of the Putin cult in Russia. The Karelian parliament has at least a partial solution: its members have called on the Federal Assembly to adopt a law banning those with mental problems from serving in the Duma. Meanwhile, the Kremlin has announced that it will no longer provide Putin’s schedule to the media as frequently, a step that may reflect the fact that he is meeting with fewer and fewer people beyond his inner circle.
After activists demanded that a museum in St. Petersburg clothe the copy of the naked David status by Michaelangelo, bloggers came up with different versions of how the statue might be dressed. Photo by Rus2Web